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Eagles bring speedy offense to MNF

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INDIANAPOLIS — Matt Hasselbeck spent much of last week running.The former Super Bowl starter, who now serves as Andrew Luck’s backup quarterback in Indianapolis, sprinted to the line of scrimmage, calling plays to give the Colts’ defense some idea of the breakneck speed they’ll be facing Monday night.While Hasselbeck acknowledged he enjoyed Philadelphia’s frenetic offense, the defense learned one thing: It’s no fun keeping up with the Eagles.“It’s really difficult, it’s really difficult to defend,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s sideline to sideline, it’s grass basketball.”

 

Keselowski wins opening round of NASCAR’s Chase

JOLIET, Ill. — Brad Keselowski saw one shot in front of him to steal the win in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.He had twice picked his way through the field Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, and found himself watching a spirited, side-by-side battle for the lead between Kevin Harvick and rookie Kyle Larson. As everyone else held their breath watching the Harvick and Larson duel, Keselowski saw his opening and pounced.He used a daring th...

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Nittany Lions shrug off war of words

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Bill Belton had heard every word spoken about him this week. Every last taunt and provocation from a Rutgers locker room that had targeted him from the start.So what did the New Jersey native say upon waltzing into the end zone for Saturday night’s improbable winning touchdown?“I didn’t say anything,” Belton said matter-of-factly. “They know they lost.”Penn State’s senior running back had his m...

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Fighting Irish still have plenty to improve upon

INDIANAPOLIS — Brian Kelly looks at Notre Dame’s perfect record and sees all those nasty flaws.The high-powered offense isn’t operating exactly in sync. The stout defense that shut out Michigan is struggling with injuries. The injury rash is continuing and the little things are starting to pile up.Kelly knows the only way to make another serious national championship run is to get things fixed between now, before the schedule gets a whole lot tougher....

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USA wins basketball worlds

MADRID — With golden confetti raining on their heads and “Party in the U.S.A” ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything.Doesn’t matter. They had stopped listening long ago.All the questions about their talent, the doubts about their ability, were put down as easily as their opponents.“It kind of was, again, a smack to our face, saying the U.S. was sending the B-team to go play i...

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Despite rain, Wyoming Striders 20K returns

A cold rain did not dampen the spirits of the 56 runners who competed in the return of the Wyoming Valley Striders 20K on the Lehigh Gorge Trail in White Haven on Saturday.Kenyan and Kingston resident Nyandusi Omurwa led the entire race to capture the victory in 1:17.22. West Pittson’s Deedra Porfirio won the women’s division with a time of 1:28.43.The race marked the return of the Wyoming Valley Striders event after a 22-year absence.Mary Pelak of...

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New Luzerne County Children and Youth Administrator hired

Krista McIlhaney has been hired as Luzerne County’s new Children and Youth administrator, according to county Manager Robert Lawton’s latest personnel report.The position has been vacant since Frank Castano left last October to accept a school district position.McIlhaney will be paid $78,000, the report says. Her resume was not immediately available.The position, which was advertised at a minimum salary of $61,000, required a bachelor’s degre...

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Police: Trooper hurt in ambush conscious, talking

BLOOMING GROVE — A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass to get additional information on the attack.The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the...

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Radioman Rusty Fender finds new career in gas industry

Dale Mikolaczyk doesn’t credit his brains, work ethic or even a few good-luck streaks for his successful switch between two vastly different industries.“My motto in life was ‘I was in the right place at the right time,” he said.Of radio fame for the 26 years he went by the pseudonyms “Rusty Fender” and “Shadoe Steele” for Pittston-based KRZ radio station and others, last year Mikolaczyk made the kind of career move fitting ...

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And the ‘wiener’ is — Rocky!

PLAINS TWP. — Wiener dogs, more appropriately dachshunds — with their short legs and long bodies — took center stage Sunday at “Oktoberfest” at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.When the dust settled, “Rocky,” a 4-year-old dachshund owned by Dennis and Kendra Mummey of Zion Grove near Hazleton, was the undisputed champion.Rocky won his heat and then sprinted away from four other heat winners to take the coveted title. For his effort, R...

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Participants dance, box and move to battle cancer

WILKES-BARRE — Participants swayed, punched and danced in support of cancer at the third annual Pink Piloxing event on Sunday.Approximately 70 participants were led by piloxing instructor and YMCA trainer Diane Butwin in the Henry Gymnasium at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. The group moved in unison and followed Butwin’s instructions.Linda Reilly, community health director for the YMCA, explained that piloxing is the combination of standing pilates, boxing and...

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Wilkes-Barre Crime Watch, Angels need more members

WILKES-BARRE — The city’s crime watch group has grown to more than 700 members, but organizers say it’s getting more and more difficult to attract new members.And the Wilkes-Barre Guardian Angels chapter is down to five active members, said Jason Weston, one of the group’s leaders.Both organizations are hopeful more people will get involved to help patrol the city streets and report criminal activity to police.Charlotte Raup, who heads ...

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Desecration charges mirror Wilkes-Barre case

EVERETT, Pa. — A 14-year-old western Pennsylvania boy has been charged with desecrating a statue of Jesus by standing in front of it and mimicking a sex act, and then posting pictures of it on the Internet.A King’s College student was prosecuted under the same law when he urinated on a nativity scene in Wilkes-Barre in January 2010. The student apologized and was accepted into a probation program for first-time offenders.Bedford County officials say the court...

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Wilkes-Barre police investigating Sherman Hills shooting

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Police Sunday said they are investigating a shooting that occurred at Sherman Hills sometime around 4:30 p.mThe victim, Kody Gamble, 19 of Wilkes-Barre, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. No information on Gamble’s condition was available.According to police, the shooting took place in the area of Building 304, North Empire Court, in the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex Sunday afternoon....

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NITTANY NOTES: Lions land N.J. recruit after win at Rutgers

Not 24 hours after winning in New Jersey, Penn State has landed another recruit from the Garden State.Union City athlete Daiquan Kelly announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he received an offer from the Nittany Lions this weekend and immediately jumped on it.“After receiving an offer from Penn State I am happy to announce that that I have committed to be a nittany lion,” Kelly wrote.Multiple recruiting services reported that Kelly had been i...

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Monday’s Local Schedule

MONDAY, SEPT. 15H.S. BOYS SOCCER(4:15 p.m. unless noted)Nanticoke at Wyoming SeminaryPittston Area at Wyoming Valley West, 6:30 p.m.Holy Redeemer at DallasFIELD HOCKEY(4:15 p.m.)Northwest at Wyoming SeminaryHanover at Abington HeightsGAR at BerwickWyoming Area at CrestwoodNanticoke at DallasLake-Lehman...

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Buelltin Board

CAMPS/CLINICSElectric City Baseball and Softball Academy will host the annual winter skills camp held jointly between the Riverfront Sports and ECBSA facilities. Camp dates are Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20 from 10 a.m. - noon. Cost is $150 or $135 if postmarked by 10/29/14. To register or for more information: www.electriccitybaseball.com or 570-955-0471.Sandlot Fall Rookie camp will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wedne...

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$50K reward offered for tips on trooper’s slaying

BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from a state police barracks where two troopers were ambushed, leaving one fatally shot and another critically wounded.The probe comes as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday’s deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.Eight investigators walked into the dense forest in Blooming Grove around noon Sunday. A day earlier, authoritie...

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